Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,813,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1785.67 (5/15/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1905 S $20 MS obverse 1905 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1905-S Liberty double eagle had a relatively normal mintage of around 1.8 million coins. However, most circulated or picked up bag marks at some point after striking. This date is most commonly encountered in the grades of AU58 to MS63. In the choice level, the coins become more scarce, and they are nearly impossible to find in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/14/2021

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1905 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1910 1910 1910 1930 1940 1955 1955 1955 1985 2025 2200 2250 4000 5200 20000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2275 4250 5500 - - - -
1905 S $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 4700 - - 7000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2349
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1905 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----361920205616910765381434910710-----2333
------------1-12------4
----------1--71121------40
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Total----361920205617010765482136113010-----2377
 ----0%0%1%1%1%2%7%5%28%35%15%5%0%----- 
1905 S $20 MS PL
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Base----------1-6611------15
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Total----------1-6612------16
 ----------6%-38%38%6%13%------ 
1905 S $20 MS DPL
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Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 S $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342770349641908038888512465133131937028623
231623332340234723552364237223762385239824122423254630123727547383201007812748153322245430054
0000002372237623852398241224232546301237275473832010078127481533200
0000002373237923882404241524282658325439596755860311272130301735100
1905 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233224022472257226122682278229523022319264334064141775685828986129031882927899
22042221222822352242225022582263227122842297230824272897365153468031871710292148782185229294
000000225822632271228422972308242728973651534680318717102921487800
000000226022662275228923002313253531523896655183078851115971685400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7756
Owner: Stirling's Sets
 
Grade: MS 64 PL
Points: 5473
Owner: Grandman
 
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